This summer we were on a search for the most innovative people in parking.
After a month of nominations and extensive review for awards in three categories, we are excited to announce the winners here today.
The awardees work to keep parking relevant in the face of new technologies, revolutionizing the way people get around.
Jerry Skillet: ParkingExec Innovator
Mr. Skillett is the CEO of Citizens Parking, Lanier Parking, ICON Parking, Pk1, and AmeriPark. He has been a leader and innovator throughout his 35 years in the parking industry. Jerry has provided groundbreaking profit maximization processes (ParkROI and IPS Income-Per-Space) as well as parking rate strategies (RateConnect).
Jerry advocates for integrating technology into parking operations. He leads a team that accelerates online sales, reservations, and mobile payments for Citizens companies. Mr. Skillett has paved the way for the fastest growing revenue segment in the company thanks to his forward thinking and innovative business practices.
About the Innovator Award: The Innovator Award is presented to an executive-level parking professional who has led the adoption of industry-changing technology within his or her company. This person’s actions have had a material impact on the growth of his or her company by leveraging the power of innovative technology.
Vincent Raguseo: ParkingExec Online Marketer
Mr. Raguseo is the Senior Vice President of Marketing at SP+ Corporation. He led marketing teams at other companies in other top industries including AT&T, Toys R Us, and Partsearch Technologies. Today, he applies these experiences to the parking industry.
Vincent focuses on driving growth at SP+ through digital marketing strategies including the integration of online and mobile reservations into the company’s operations. His leadership positions have demonstrated his ability to manage highly-effective marketing organizations.
About the Online Marketer Award: The Online Marketer Award goes to a parking professional who has leveraged online marketing best practices to the fullest. This individual has implemented creative online and mobile marketing strategies that have driven tangible results for his or her company.
Chris DeChillo: ParkingExec Rising Star
Chris is currently a District Manager for Towne Park. He oversees half the hospitality, commercial, and restaurant locations throughout Denver. When Mr. DeChillo started at Towne Park, the company’s tech and service enhancements were still in their infancy.
Even in the early stages of his career, Chris advocates for technology’s role in the parking industry. He enjoys thinking of new ways that technology and parking aggregators can help yield inventory, increase valet efficiency, and provide better service to Towne Park customers.
About the Rising Star Award: The Rising Star Award celebrates an individual who is new to the parking industry but who already shows a passion for innovative business strategies and technology. Even early in his or her career, this individual is already promoting positive transformation within his or her company.
Know someone who stands out in the parking industry? Nominate them for next year’s awards or submit an article about their innovative accomplishments.